Norwich Primary Academy was rated Good when inspected by Ofsted in July 2015.
This marks a fantastic turnaround for the school since becoming an academy and joining the Inspiration Trust. The report praised the school on a number of points:
- The single-minded determination of the headteacher, other school leaders, governors and the academy trust, has rapidly improved the quality of teaching and raised pupils’ achievement. Consequently, both are now good.
- Leaders’ relentless focus on providing the best possible education for pupils, and accepting no excuse for low standards, drives the academy forward.
- Leaders track pupils’ progress in minute detail and give any pupils who fall behind precisely the help they need to catch up quickly.
- Pupils enjoy life in the academy and take great pride in their achievements.
- Pupils are kept safe whilst they are in the academy and know what to do if anything worries them.
- The extended academy day and teachers’ good use of extra ‘prep’ time at the end of the day, enable pupils to access an exceptionally wide variety of learning experiences that enable them to thrive.
- Teaching is good because underperformance has been tackled. The academy fully utilises the skills of each member of staff.
- Pupils throughout the academy make good progress because they practise key skills very regularly in ways they describe as ‘fun’ and ‘interesting’. Pupils make particularly good progress in writing because they develop these skills in the imaginative tasks teachers provide for them.
- The early years provision is good. Children make rapid progress in the Reception classes because extra staff ensure they have the help they need.